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Feminist Network for Gender Transformative Education

1-3 November, 2023 | Istanbul

Feminist Network for Gender Transformative Education is a convening of powerful feminist voices working together to accelerate progress towards gender transformative education around the world.

This annual event brings together civil society organisations, international and national NGOs, young feminist activists, academics, government representatives and multilateral partnerships and funds to inspire, elevate and advance gender equality in and through education. 

The theme for 2023 is: Building Just and Equal Societies: the Power of Gender Transformative Education

Vision & Agenda

Our vision is that all learners, regardless of gender or sex, are supported with gender-transformative education to realize their full potential and contribute to achieving equal, just societies including by removing barriers to girls' and women's rights. 

This year's agenda has been developed in consultation with the FemNet4GTE Planning Group, representatives from UNGEI, UNICEF and UN Women, and with and by the CSOs and activists that will be leading the sessions.


This year's convening will see 120 powerful activists, experts, civil society organizations, governments, donors and multilaterals come together in Istanbul to discuss, debate and accelerate gender equality in and through education.

Representatives from over 50 countries have been selected to attend, bringing lived experience and on-the-ground expertise from around the world.


Expected Outputs

Some of the outputs planned for this year include:

  • A roadmap to Summit of the Future
  • A results framework for gender transformative education
  • 2024 advocacy and influence calendar
  • Glossary for gender transformative education (2023-2024)

Feminists don’t let other feminists give up. We’re here to support each other, we’re here to uphold each other, and to smash the patriarchy.

Feminist Coalition Member, 2022

FemNet4GTE Resource Hub

Who is part of the Network

Attendees for Feminist Network for Gender Transformative Education 2023 have been selected by identified by a Planning Group convened by UNGEI.

Attendees have been chosen on the basis of their:

  • Commitment to gender-transformative education, girls education programming and/or have expertise in gender equality in education, feminism and education rights and access 
  • Geographic location, with priority given to organisations and individuals based in and/or delivering programming, research or support in low and middle income countries
  • Lived experience in the issues around feminism and gender equality
  • Commitment to UNGEI’s core values of equality, inclusion, non-discrimination, anti-racism, mutual accountability, decolonisation of development and feminism

Young feminist activists (aged 18-30), national or grassroots CSOs with lived experience of the impact of gender inequality in education and individuals and organisations working at the intersectionality of gender and inclusivity, in particular around disability and education and LGBTQI+ rights have been prioritised.

Financial support was made available for a number of selected CSOs and individual activists to attend the in-person event. 


About Feminist Network for Gender Transformative Education

2023 marks the second time UNGEI has brought together extraordinary feminist leaders to advance gender transformative education around the world. In 2022, UNGEI convened impactful feminist civil society organisations and young feminist activists as part of the Transforming Education Summit in New York. Learn more about the 2022 event here.

FemNet4GTE was developed in partnership with and is generously funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and Echidna Giving. In 2023, Feminist Network for Gender Transformative Education is delivered in collaboration with UNICEF Türkiye.

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